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2006.04.13 > For Immediate Release
contact: Teresa Gleason - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: tmgleason@mail.unomaha.edu

UNO School of Communication to Host National Conference April 21-22

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) School of Communication will host the annual conference of the National Association of Communication Centers Friday and Saturday, April 21-22, at the Milo Bail Student Center on the UNO campus.

Karen Kangas Dwyer, professor of communication and public speaking course director in the UNO School of Communication, is the chair and conference planner. The 2006 theme is "Technology and Assessment at the Center."

The two-day event will offer several interactive sessions on a number of topics, including research at the centers; technology uses; assessment practices and procedures; promoting growth, momentum and acclaim at centers; starting new centers to support general education requirements and accreditation; staffing and training; consulting with faculty; incorporating Speaking Across the Curriculum programs; developing workshops for students or faculty; and great instructional strategies and teaching tips.

Deborah Smith-Howell, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs at UNO, will be the keynote speaker at the April 21 evening banquet. Smith-Howell was instrumental in launching the UNO Speech Center, which opened in January 2006.

"The conference will be a terrific experience for all participants, including faculty, graduate students and undergraduate students from universities across the nation," Dwyer said. "All 65 presenters on the program represent colleges or universities where they are active directors, administrators or tutors in communication centers that support a general education public speaking requirement. They are all committed to helping campus speech centers provide quality instruction and assistance to all students."

Jeremy Lipschultz, director of the UNO School of Communication, said the growing interest in and support for speech centers and communication labs reveals the importance of research and instruction in this area.

"We are proud of the UNO Speech Center, its designation as a priority program of excellence and UNO's administrative commitment to our Speaking Across the Curriculum efforts," Lipschultz noted. "The conference offers a diverse and interesting agenda that will be helpful at any state of program development."

For more information about the conference, contact Dwyer at 402.554.2253 or kdwyer@mail.unomaha.edu.

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